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Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers Replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in Starting Lineup

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In the hopes of shoring up one of the worst defenses in the league while shaking the Cleveland Cavaliers from their month-long slump, the Cavs are replacing Jae Crowder with Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup, coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday.

“We’re going to start Tristan,” Lue said. “Jae has been playing good the last few games and it has nothing to do with Jae. He’s been great. He’s all about the right things. He’s all about the team. You hate to make these changes. Not saying it’s permanent, but he’s about the team. Went and talked to him this morning and he said, ‘Whatever is best for the team. I’m all in.'”

Lue said that Thompson’s presence will shift Kevin Love back to his natural position at power forward. He also said Thompson should be able to mesh well with Isaiah Thomas in both covering pick-and-rolls on defense and executing them on offense.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Sources: Daryl Morey to Step Down as Rockets’ General Manager

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ESPN Sources: Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Sources: Clippers, Tyronn Lue Agree to Deal

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Ty Lue has agreed to a five-year deal to become the next head coach of the LA Clippers, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

The Clippers and Lue’s representative in the contract talks, Andy Miller, completed negotiations on a deal Thursday afternoon, sources said.

The Clippers’ search landed on Lue based upon a confidence that his championship pedigree and playoff successes as a head coach in Cleveland, as well as his strong ability to communicate with players, will resonate within a franchise that underachieved in the 2019-2020 season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Anthony Davis to Opt Out, Re-Sign with Lakers

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[Anthony] Davis plans to opt out of his $28.7 million player option and re-sign with the Lakers, sources tell The Athletic. Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, will hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the situation and the contract term that is most sensible for Davis.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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